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How to Talk ‘Careers’ with your Teen

Need some help? Here are some handy tips from professional teen career coach Eva Harrison.

If like me you have teens with big decisions on the horizon – apprenticeship or uni? Which course? – it’s great when you discover an organisation like Teen Direct. Founder Eva Harrison has been through it all with her three teenage sons and is passionate about helping teens and young adults identify career options.

Eva and her team of teen coaches runs specialist confidence-boosting career coaching sessions and one-day workshops for 15-18-year-olds, including tips on interview skills and how to write a killer CV.

The teen coaches have vast experience in recruitment in many organisations, so can present what employers are looking for back to the teens to make sure they are ready to enter the world of work.

Eva shares her experience and wisdom on talking to teens about their future here…

According to a 2016 /2017 Teen Direct UK survey at career fairs in Coventry and Warwickshire, 78% of secondary aged students said their parents played the biggest influence on their career choice. It isn’t the school careers adviser or friends as many parents might think.

So how do these “career conversations” go?  My experience of talking to parents, is that, like any big decision impacting their teen, although they want to support they just don’t know where to start. So what is Teen Direct’s advice? Our number one tip to all parents is start with the right attitude.

Be encouraging. This will boost your teen’s confidence and excitement about their future.

Remain positive. Career decisions can seem scary and overwhelming – especially when you are 16 or 17.

Don’t start with no. Encourage them to gather information on their dream career ideas to reach their own conclusions. If you shoot down their ideas, it is the fastest way to shut them down.

Future 2018 Teen Direct Workshops:

  • Set Your Career Compass Workshop, Heart of England Language School, Leamington Spa, Warks, Sat Jan 13 2018 – There are just a few places left on this workshop for 15 – 17-year-olds wishing to develop and clarify their ideas of potential careers. Delivered by experienced, professional coaches, workshops create the opportunity to discover where you could fit into the “World of Work” based on strengths, personality and interests. They will be asked to complete a questionnaire beforehand to identify certain characteristics and during the workshops, develop the skills and confidence to act on their chosen career action plan as well as creating a professional CV and learning dynamite Interview Skills,  9.30am – 3.30pm. £: £150.
  • BrandMe Workshop  for 15 – 18-year-old, The Hall, Rugby Road, Wolston, nr Coventry, Tues Feb 20 2018 – These hands-on 3 hour sessions cover interview skills, how to write a killer CV & Personal Profile, Linkedin and how to become known professionally, 10am – 1pm.

Does your son or daughter have college or university applications looming and needs some help in completing their UCAS form or are they looking for an apprenticeship? Check out further advice and tips on the Teen Direct website here.

If you would like to book a place on a Teen Direct workshop, discuss how career coaching could support your son or daughter, or a young person you care for, email: or Tel 07901 517012.

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